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Time To Broaden CompSci Curriculum Beyond STEM
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
8/13/2014 | 2:02:41 PM
Re: Going to a Tech or Vocational School
I do agree with you, Lysa, that the work you do is as much of an art as it is a science. And that creativity should be a part of the screening process -- just not sure what that would look like. 
LysaMyers
LysaMyers,
User Rank: Author
8/13/2014 | 1:53:59 PM
Re: Going to a Tech or Vocational School
Honestly, I doubt anyone would consider that a critical skill when hiring someone. I think a lot of folks in tech are biased against considering the benefit of creative ability. But I also think on a day to day basis that ability would prove its utility pretty quickly.
LysaMyers
LysaMyers,
User Rank: Author
8/13/2014 | 1:51:12 PM
Re: Going to a Tech or Vocational School
I would argue that those are not the places you would want to work anyway. There are plenty of paid internship options out there, as well as companies that are willing to hire people with less experience that are otherwise a good cultural fit (especially if you're clearly motivated to learn). Certainly companies requiring 5 years of experience in technology that has only existed for 1 year are out there. But there are enough companies hiring out there that you should be able to avoid them. Or apply anyway, and hope that you get past the HR requirement to the actual person who knows better.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
8/13/2014 | 1:48:33 PM
Re: Going to a Tech or Vocational School
That's a good point @dritchie, and while I applaud Lysa for her success in applying artistic talents to cybersecurity, I wonder how many hiring managers would consider that a critical skill when choosing between applicants?
dritchie
dritchie,
User Rank: Strategist
8/13/2014 | 12:54:31 PM
Going to a Tech or Vocational School
I would agree with you except for the fact that I find that a large percentage of the jobs out there require years (usually > 5) of experience in many different disciplines/products, and require a Bachelors degree (minimum), while offering only an intern's salary. How are people supposed to do manage this going to a tech or a vocational school?
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